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LET’S IMPROVE HEALTH CARE, NOT TAKE IT AWAY AND MAKE IT MORE EXPENSIVE
For years, my Republican colleagues have fought to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Each one of their proposals since President Trump took office in January would result in tens of millions of Americans losing coverage. And this week, the Senate is expected to vote on yet another bill which will cause premiums to skyrocket and millions of Americans to lose coverage. These proposals by the Republican majority have been deeply unpopular around the country and in Colorado. 584 Coloradans took my survey on health care earlier this month:
How do you think the Republican health care bill will affect the quality of health care you receive? Votes  Percent 
It will improve quality of care. 13 2.2%
It will have no effect on quality. 23 3.9%
It will worsen quality of care. 507 86.8%
I don’t have enough information yet. 41 7%
     
Do you think it is fair to cut funding for Medicaid in order to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans?    
Yes 23 4%
No 555 95.4%
Unsure 4 0.7%
     
Do you think the Republicans who drafted the bill had people like you in mind when they were writing the bill?    
Yes 38 6.5%
No 531 91.1%
Unsure 14 2.4%

It’s time to put a stop to this and start over. Coloradans are rejecting the core principles of the Republicans’ bill.  I continue to stand ready and willing to work with Republicans to improve health care, lower the cost of premiums and bring stability to the marketplace. I’ll be introducing and cosponsoring more legislation on health care soon, but here are a couple bills I’ve already introduced:

H.R. 2569: Transparency in All Health Care Pricing Act of 2017
This bill improves transparency and accountability in the healthcare market, as well as helps drive competition and bring down prices. Consumers and patients having the ability to make informed decisions is a key piece of the healthcare puzzle.

H.R. 2569 requires all price disclosures to be available at the point of purchase, in print and online. This way consumers know exactly how much healthcare costs before they access services so they can make better informed decisions.

Currently, Colorado is one of 17 states to compile health care pricing information in an All Payer Claim Database (APCD). However, this information isn’t made completely available to the public and does not allow consumers to identify prices charged or the compensation paid by a particular provider. H.R. 2569 would improve the data collection and make all information collected publicly available.

HR 2976: The Deferment for Active Cancer Treatment Act
This bill enables individuals who are receiving cancer treatment to defer payments on public student loans without interest. It helps provide patients with desperately needed financial peace of mind while they wage their battle against cancer. It is also provides a common sense solution to address the rising number of student loans defaults amongst borrowers by empowering patients to continue repayments six months after they complete active treatment.

FOLLOWING THE TRUMP MONEY TRAIL
President Trump’s suspicious and undisclosed financial dealings and business partnerships with Russian associates raise questions about the scope of Russian influence over the President and Administration.

I helped author a Resolution of Inquiry (ROI) directing Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin to provide Congress with documents pertaining to President Trump, his family members, and his associates, financial dealings with Russia. I’m determined to investigate any financial ties between the President and his associates and Russia, and to uncover any evidence of illicit activity or money laundering that may have compromised the President and this country.

Since March, I’ve signed four letters— one to Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, one to Deutsche Bank CEO John Cryan, one to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and another to Deutsche Bank’s external counsel— requesting their cooperation in efforts to learn the full scope of Russian influence on this Administration. To date, none of them have assisted in these requests.

PROTECTING AN OPEN INTERNET
I support an open and accessible internet through Net Neutrality. The Internet is an invaluable resource for families, schools, businesses and communities all around the world, and we have a responsibility to develop it in a fair and equal way. During the Obama Administration, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was seeking to ensure carriers couldn’t block or slow websites of their choosing. But the Trump Administration has already started to roll back net neutrality and there are some that fear he will stop the implementation of this regulation so that carriers and service providers maintain all the power. Supporters of Net Neutrality argue that the ability for internet companies to create new business models will likely increase costs for companies operating on the Internet, and suggest those costs eventually will be passed onto consumers.

We need to strike the appropriate balance between the needs for competition and innovation in the market place with an open internet for end users and content providers.

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